The Freebie Round-Up #11

0g1sjmtHeads up guys! As we add another round up post that caters to Youtube videos, I’m excited to announce that The Digital Round-Up (Freebie Edition) is now The Freebie Round-Up. Instead of starting back to #1, I decided to continue it from its former title. Sort of a mini-milestone celebration that we give it a stand alone title but still the freebies you’ll enjoy. So enjoy this post and of the contents here in Delighting Grace.

FREE e-books Reformed creeds, confessions and supplemental resources – Monergism provides a ton of e-books specializing on creeds and confessions we all love. Download these free stuff and learn about the Scripture and history.

FREE Exclusive clip “How I Truly Overcome Addiction”  –  This week you might have watched Jeff Durbin’s testimony titled “The Overdose That Didn’t Kill Me”. In addition to that powerful clip, Anchored North provided a bonus clip that is not included to the video. Sign up for free to watch this extra material.

FREE audio and video download of R. C. Sproul teaching series – For a limited time, “What Did Jesus Do?” by the late R. C. Sproul can be download in audio and video. This is over 4 hours of teaching about the works of Christ.

FREE audio download of “Top 10 Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology” by Tim Kimberley –  Another fleeting offer you must grab, this freebie is courtesy of Credo Courses. Also like the R. C. Sproul freebie, you have to register to download the digital audio.

FREE magazine download of “Harvest USA” – Harvest USA caters to individuals who sexually struggles by providing resources that points them to Christ. Download the magazine and get helpful articles.

FREE e-book “The Gospel” by Ray Ortlund – Complete this brief survey from Crossway and you’ll get this freebie.

FREE e-chart and document files from Ben-B-Rock– This blogger provides some materials to explain various topics of the Bible.

The Quotable Round-Up #96

npjl5idHeads up guys! time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “Rebels Rescued: A Student’s  If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“Without God’s grace performing a divine heart transplant, everything in us seeks to rebel against God.” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

“The consequence of sin, therefore, is death. But what about the little sins? Do those deserve death too? This is important. All sin—as the Bible teaches—is rebellion against God.” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

“Reformed theology teaches from Scripture that, before God created the heavens and the earth, he has chosen—or “predestined”—his people to be saved for eternity.” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

“One of the common objections to predestination is: “If God has already elected those who will be saved, then why evangelize?” It’s a good question and there are at least two primary reasons. First, we share the gospel because Jesus commands us to (Matthew 28:19). Second, we share the gospel because it is the means by which God saves his elect—through the hearing of the preached word (Romans 10:17).” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

 “Apart from God’s grace in giving us new hearts to love him, we remain chained and imprisoned by sin and unbelief. There is no freedom apart from God’s work of grace and it’s grace precisely because his salvation is something we don’t deserve.” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

“As a physically dead person cannot do anything that is physically productive, a spiritually dead person cannot do anything that is spiritually good. Being spiritually dead means that we are unable to respond to anything good. The issue is not freedom to do something, but ability.” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

“Our hearts deceive us into thinking that the things of this world will bring great joy, only to be duped. Enjoying the pleasures of this world offer small joy—and oftentimes fake joy—compared to the enjoyment and satisfaction found in God.” — Brian Cosby, Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology

The Digital Round- Up (Freebie Edition #9)

myptv2kChristian freegans heads up! Here we are again for another freebie edition of “The Digital Round-Up”. So gather up and delete some space on your gadgets and make way for these free stuff that will help you walk with God.

FREE “Group Magazine Special: Discipleship Edition” – A non-Reformed resource for getting ideas in discipleship for the youth ministry.

FREE e-book “Christ All in All by William Swan Plumer “ from Log College Press – A freebie from this tiny publishing house that offers 18th-19th century American Presbyterian authors.

FREE “The Theology of Money” by Randy Alcorn (slides and pdf guides only) – Randy Alcorn is great in teaching about how Christians use their money. So this class is worth the look.

FREE e-book “Be Ye Holy: The Reformed Doctrine of Santification” by David J. Engelsma and Herman Hanko – Got some books from this Reformed publishing house and its on my reading list. This is a free sample on what you can expect from their writings.

FREE e-book “Gospel Worship” by Jeremiah Burroughs – a collection of 14 sermons on the proper manner and approach in worshiping God from a Puritan perspective.

FREE “Book of Psalms from the Preacher’s Bible” – Get to sample the Preacher’s Bible by downloading this free “Book of Psalms”.

FREE “Sacred Meditations” by Johann Gerhard – 51 medittations from this prominent Lutheran theologian.

7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free

e0vmeka Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano once said “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ Well it depends on what history we want to welcome. Its either mistakes or victories of the past that will be knocking at our doors.  However we can anticipate the comeback when we look at history. Christians should study church history. Here’s 7 ways to learn church history without breaking the bank. Of course, nothing can beat having a seminary training about church history and I highly encourage you to do so. However, for those who can’t go to a seminary or even buy a book in church history, this list can be a good place to know about this important subject:

1. Get church history daily in your inbox – Christian History Institute offers a daily  It Happened Today sort of a”this day in history” thing simply by subscribing to their e-mail list (scroll down to the bottom till you find the subscribe box.)

2. Listen to a 5 minute podcast – Aside from the cool Cranberries intro, this weekly podcast on church history hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a slice of church history and discusses how God works to events, people and places and how it’s relevant to our time. 5 Minutes of Church History is non technical in approach and because it’s brief, you can easily tuck it to your podcast listening list.

     Now for some hardcore stuff….

3. Watch lectures over Youtube – Ryan Reeves church history lectures are superb. If you check his Youtube channel, you’ll see his 64 k subscribers and some of his 20-30 minute videos had been viewed 500 k times. Very impressive. His videos consist of pictures and notes for viewers to catch the important words, names and events. The audio and images are great. Ryan Reeves  Historical Theology for Everyone is a must watch!

If you want, however, to see an actual lecture, you can also check Carl E. Trueman’s lectures on The Reformation presented in The Master’s Seminary.

4. Listen to a Sunday School series – Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church, gives a series simply titled Church History, in engaging and exciting way, considering the dread of studying historical stuff.  The audio quality is good and you can feel the churchy setting to were this series is given.

Moving to Sermon Audio, I would like to recommend two Sunday School series that tackles church history. First is from Brian Borgman,pastor of Grace Community Church Nevada, A Survey of Church History . Love the audio quality and how Borgman articulate the teachings which are not intimidating. Last one is from Dr. James White Church History Series .  If you know James White, his debates and podcast, you’ll find this at par from what he dishes out. The audio quality is not that good but if you like what you hear and like White you’ll gonna stick around for this series.

5. Download a Seminary app – Reformed Theological Seminary has an app that you can download in various app stores for free. The lecturer is Dr. S. Donald Fortson and you can access these lectures on i-Tunes U from your i-phone and i-Pad.

6. Sign up on an online seminary level course – You can check out audio lectures of Ancient and Mediaval History and Reformation and Modern History courses at Covenant Theological Seminary. You have to create an account to access it complete with downloadable MP3, transcript and study guides. You can check other seminaries that has church history courses by clicking here.

7. Dowload e-books on Church History – If your’re not into the audio and video lectures, you can download free e-books on church history. A simple search on Mogernism.com yields some books that you can check out.

So thats my list, so what’s yours? Kindly comment in the comment section on what should be added on the list. By the way, I would like to thank Dead Men Community, TCB Family and the Baptist Review Facebook Groups for giving me some of what has been included on the list. It really helped me to write this article and gave me ways to self-study Church History.

The Digital Round-Up (Video Edition # 1)


l3i1bn6Hello guys! So this is a brand new regular post that you will see on Delighting Grace. It’s another extension of the “The Digital Round-Up” now we will cover videos that I have watched and I want to share it with you guys. I feel a bit of a VJ of a music channel in this. Hope you the curated videos and be bless by these.

 

From someone in the TCB Family FB group, I dont know the preacher but he is spot on.

 

Enjoyed Shai Linne music and now in this video he gives an exhortation about the role of creativity in the church.

 

Can’t wait for Tim Challies to come here in November for a conference!

 

Bro. Joseph Mangahas wraps up his message series titled “The Church and Her Workers”

 

Jeff Durbin take on some embarrassing End of the World charlatans.

 

 

 

The Digital Round-Up # 24

myptv2kHey folks! Prepare for another round of the “The Digital Round-Up” as we serve you interesting articles, freebies and videos. And if you’re enjoying this stuff, please do tell us on the comment section. So buckle up and enjoy the thrill.

FREE “The Treasury of God’s Wisdom” – A collection of essays from the Westminster Seminary Califonia faculty that focuses on the theme of biblical wisdom in a devotional style.

YouVersion Bible Lens App – Alan Noble takes on the new app from YouVersion and why we should be cautious on using this app.

What is Post-Modernism? – From my Facebook friends comes a new blog titled “Better Promises”. I hope you guys check it often. As a sampler of what they can offer, check this article they posted.

How Does Praying For Others Helps You? – This article from For The Church blog emphasize ways how praying for others can be beneficial for  believers.

Puritans started federalism – Its a hot topic here in the Philippines as the nation ponders on federal form of government. People want change and they want to start by changing the government. This article is so meaty on the history of federalism founded by the Puritans.

Tsundoku: The practice of buying more books than you can read – Interesting article describing this habit among hardcore bookworms.

Teddy Roosevelt Criticizing Cynicism – Excellent article on why cynicism according to Theodore Roosevelt doesnt really help and disrupts progress.

 

Book Review: Faker by Nicholas T. McDonald

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No one wants a faker.

In this age of social media we can easily hide real selves because we want to project a better us. So we put on the mask that will not just make us feel good but rise above anyone else. Teens and young ones sometimes struggle with this issue.

Yes, the struggle is real.

“Faker” is a short but spot on book by Nick McDonald.  In the book he admits being a former faker. He tells his story of his fakery that we can easily relate to. He became prideful and looks other down behind a mask. The problem with that he needs to maintain his status quo but ends up still feeling empty.  However that’s half of the book is all about. This is not your typical pep talk, think positive or self help for teens. In its 7 chapters the book, Nick expound Luke 18: 9-14 the story of Pharisee and the tax collector. As you read this book, Nick unleashed the power of the Scripture that will hold you till the last page. “Faker” hits the root cause of our pretension: sin and provides the solution: the gospel.  Well that something considering this is a book for teens and young ones. He even discuss the word propitiation, you might think it will turn off a teen reading the book. Well it won’t. The book ends with a plea to drop the mask and come to God.

“Faker” and “Something More” by Theron St. John (which I book reviewed previously) are spot on when it comes to addressing the younger generation by its unique way of presenting the gospel that doesn’t have to be watered down. The cool book design, artwork and pop culture references which are awesome in this book really helps the lesson stick to our mind. However  those elements doesn’t   overwhelmed  “Faker” because that’s not the star of this book but the message of Luke 18 that young people badly needs to hear. Highly recommended resource to reach out young people and teens.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

5 Things I Love About YouVersion Bible App

7lusaz81Recently, my wife bought an i-Phone and she starts downloading apps. She asked me what Bible app should she download and use. Without hesitation I said YouVersion app. I love it and I think millions of users of this great Bible app will agree with me with these 5 reasons (And oh before I forgot it’s their 10 year anniversary and here’s how we can celebrate with the app):

Multiple Bible versions and Translations. Can you imagine a Bible app that has tons of Bible versions and translations free to download? Well YouVersion has it. With multiple versions and translation you can compare and understand any given passages. Also you can listen to the audio of the Bible.

Tracks and encourages you in your Bible reading. Keep on track with the progress of your Bible reading time by its built-in tracker. It gives you the streak and weeks of how many times you read your Bible. You also receive a “Verse of the Day” in this great app.

Add a friend or interact with someone on the app.  It’s like Facebook but with Bible verse or devotional plan progress as status. You can like and comment on you friends status. You can invite others from Facebook to check out this app and enjoy God’s Word.

Devotional plans and Video.There a many devotional plans you can use in YouVersion. You can choose a plan base on a passage of Scripture, topic you want to explore or if going through something your life. Videos are also awesome.  You can check some gospel presentation and some clips from The Bible Project.

Share the Bible over social media. Like any other Bible app, you can share God’s Word over Facebook or Instagram. What makes it cool is that you can post the verse with an image so it can be eye catching to your friends.

There you have it the 5 things I love about YouVersion app. I hope you check the app over your App Store or Google Play. God bless as you delight on God’s Word.

The Digital Round-Up # 22

myptv2kHey folks! Prepare for another round of the “The Digital Round-Up” as we serve you interesting articles, freebies and videos. And if you’re enjoying this stuff, please do tell us on the comment section. So buckle up and enjoy the thrill.

FREE “Psalm 139” by Charles Spurgeon – an excerpt from the Treasury of David also by Spurgeon,  its send the message to readers of God’s intent to overthrow the power of darkness and shows the sovereign God over evil.

Heidelberg Catechism in Tagalog – I never knew that this beloved catechism has a Tagalog version. I read it and it pierced my heart.

Smart phones and Reading Habits – Make sure on what we are scrolling on a screen is healthy to our minds and not just scrolling us to our deaths.

Two extremes to be avoided in preaching –  Not gonna spoil to you what are the two extremes but this is a great article.

25 Things God said to the church – The church through out the centuries shows her flaws and all however God still loves the church and here’s what He said about it.

Top Five Logical Fallacies in the Social Justice Movement – Knowing these false logical arguments we can see the factual than the emotional zeal of the movement.

Seeking Revelation in Bourdain’s Parts Unknown –  The beauty of diversity Anthony Bourdain discovered are appetizers for something more in God’s plan of redemption.

 

 

The Digital Round- Up (Freebie Edition #5)

q5fmhucBooyah! Freebie fanatics unite! Here we are again for another freebie edition of “The Digital Round-Up”. So gather up and delete some space on your gadgets and make way for these free stuff that will help you walk with God.

Free “Words of Counsel” by Charles H. Spurgeon – the Prince of Preachers engages us to reach out people for Christ. This inspiring and encouraging book will tug your heart as it points you to share the gospel to the lost.

Free Greg Bahnsen Books in PDF  – For fans of presuppositional apologetics, these 3 books from Greg Bhansen is considered the standard (no pun intended) in starting this kind of apologetic method.

Free “Read the Bible Smarter, Not Harder” – Biblica offers this freebie to give you a better understanding of the Bible. The content of this ebook explore the themes, literature style, historical background of all 66 books of the Scripture. Now you’ll have a better graps of what the Bible is.

Free “Ministry and Leadership” magazine from Reformed Theological Seminary.  “Ministry and Leadership” is now free! Get this latest issue featuring an interview with modern hymn writer Keith Getty.

Free “Commemorative Issue for R. C. Sproul of Tabletalk Magazine” –  Its been months since R. C. Sproul went to be with the Lord but his impact still remains to us. Grab this special issue exploring the life of one of the greatest theologian of our time.

Free “Ultimate List of 100 Life-Changing Sermons” –  Top Christian Books Online gathers the 100 sermons that is life changing. Download the ebook and you’ll not just have a list but links for you check the sermons.

Free “Indestructible Joy for the Next Generations” – enjoy this freebie from Truth:78 (formerly Children’s Desiring God) and you’ll automatically sign-up to their newsletter.